Metallurgists combine metals to create alloys that work differently than any of their components. Woodworkers might find this idea alien — mixing two woods just doesn’t go. Machinists might not even appreciate the beauty of this fantastic art and science, unless they carefully select the metals they work with. But the choice of a metallic alloy for a project or a part can make even more difference than a woodworker’s choice of species.
Metallurgists know how to achieve the desired blend of color, texture, hardness, stretch, deformation, brittleness, and other measurable qualities. They also add non-metals to the mix — carbon to make steel, silicon to make semiconductors, and diamond dust to make cutting tools. If you want to take a closer look, check out the link below for a fun place to start.
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